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Millennium Stadium tsunami gig raises £1.25 million

Story: Jack Foley

A MIGHTILY impressive £1.25 million has been raised for the victims of the Boxing Day tsunami disaster in Asia following a Live Aid style concert at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, January 22, 2005.

Over 60,000 fans packed into the Cardiff venue in one of the biggest charity concerts to have taken place since Live Aid.

Acts including Keane (pictured), Eric Clapton, Goldie Lookin' Chain, the Manic Street Preachers and Snow Patrol performed as part of the line-up, which took in everything from rock and pop to classical and rap.

The seven-hour marathon concert took just weeks to arrange and sold-out within hours, easily surpassing the £1 million total organisers had been hoping to raise from the outset.

The impressive sum brings the total now raised for tsunami victims by the British public to more than £200m.

Other popular acts on the day were Embrace, Lemar, Feeder and Kelly Jones, of The Stereophonics, as well as Jools Holland and Welsh singer, Kathryn Jenkins, who got proceedings started with a poignant rendition of Amazing Grace.

The audience also heard several messages of goodwill from politicians and celebrities, including Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and Wales First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, as well as Prince Charles.

U2's Bono and X-Factor's Sharon Osbourne also sent video messages, while surprise guests included the co-creator of Live Aid, Midge Ure, who praised the work of the organisers.

Commenting afterwards, event organiser, Paul Sergeant, who is also general manager of the Millennium Stadium, described the evening as 'phenomenal'.

He added: "The crowd have left singing. Everything has gone - for the whole three weeks - so smoothly... If the opportunity came round we would do something again."

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